On the far Eastern fringe of the 9th Ward sits La Popular, a grimy redoubt of Hispanic dried goods, meats and sundries.

They’re not carrying anything you can’t get at plenty other grocers located closer to downtown New Orleans but the little taqueria sitting in a side-room is worth a visit for the barbacoa alone.

9th Ward Daily Photo via RL Reeves jr

9th Ward Daily Photo via RL Reeves jr

The tacos there are tiny, taquitos technically but the cocinera running the little cafe has cow head-cookery running through her veins.

La Popular
4668 Alcee Fortier Blvd # B
New Orleans, LA
70129

Hours of operation
Unsure

I’m standing under a shade tree in Central City, eating a hot sausage po boy off a wagon decked out with a big steel smoker that’s been dragged here behind a pickup truck.

My mouth is on fire.

Chef Punch, the pitboss of New Orleans Cajun Cooking doesn’t shy away when I start taking pictures of him. He recites his menu and patiently responds when I start querying him about his operation.

Look for Chef Punch At Fox Bar 3 At  3801 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70125

Look for Chef Punch At Fox Bar 3 At 3801 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70125

I’m at The Valley Of Silent Men second line at the kickoff point where the revelry begins, Fox Bar III. There are only two food vendors: Chef Punch’s New Orleans Cajun Cooking and Luke’s Famous Catering which is posted up diagonally across the street at Tapps II. Continue Reading